Friday, August 18, 2006

Kelly Price is now RHOyalty!

It's official Kelly Price, R&B singer, is now a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.

Inducted at the 84 year old sorority's biannual conference, Soror Price has become an official member of the esteemed women's sisterhood dedicated to education, youth, leadership development and public service.

Immediately following her induction Soror Price gave a beautiful rendition of one of her favorite gospel songs and brought the house down with her soulful acapella.

For more information about Sigma hit the site at

"Women of SUBSTANCE pledge Sigma"

I don't know about America but that little girls Got Talent!

Congrats to the little red haired singing sensation who won $1 Million dollars for singing her @ss off last night!

She's sang like she's got a little sistah in her blood line.

I still think that Leonid the MAGNIFICENT should have won SOMETHING, ANYTHING for being well Magnificent! And despite what Piers was talking about "Quick Change" was hot, you got to let the people do what they do. They got extra cool points from me for calling Piers out on his qualifications or lack there of to be a judge on AGT. I mean he's a former tabloid publisher..which talent skill set is in play here?

Sometimes Piers tries to be too much of a bad @ss like his alter ego Simon from American Idol. Memo to Piers you don't have to be jerk to get your critique across, beside his quips aren't that funny or stinging. Either get your mean up or let it go.....

Corporate Hair

As a professional sista, I have a question for the other professional sistas.

Specifically speaking on "Corporate "what hairstyles are acceptable and which do you consider too much for the corporate environment if any?

I never had to consider these things before, but as I climb the so-called corporate ladder, which at times is more like a tunnel, an incline (think mountain), or a maze.

Now more than ever with a title attached to my name I have become increasingly aware of my corporate perception or image. I'm facing more scrutiny with even the littlest of things from my hair to my shoes and everything in between.

I've stepped the game up gear wise, but must I alter my natural hair to accomodate other people's issues or is it all a part of what's considered professional.

Hampton Univ. (i beleive) recently banned cornrows as a hairstyle from their business college. While I don't agree with their stance, particularly being an HBCU who of all places should respect and welcome our people and our culture in our natural state, I'm wondering if culture and professionalim are two different things and do they have to be for black folks?

For example in a piece of my culture it's appropriate to get tatoos, dress sparringly and kiss on each the corporate world these are faux pas.

So back to the topic at hand, for a natural (read no perm) sista is it okay for me to blow out the 'fro and rock what I like to call my Ludacris? or should I continue to slick it back and tie it up and wear very conserative natural styles? Where do two stranded twists fall? Some folks think they resemble locs others not so much.... I'm just curious.

Some say you have to learn to play the game before you can change the rules - what are the rules first of all and what if I don't want to play?

Friday, June 16, 2006

A Job and a CAREER!

I got a promotion. Yeah me!

I worked really hard, did my best and won out over 2 other highly qualified candidates for a top executive position in a coveted and very rewarding department within a Fortune 500 Company!

I'm so excited and proud of myself - I had to tell the world.

There is no substitute for hard work and preparation, so when opportunity arises you are positioned and capable to take advantage of any great thing that comes your way.

An official announcement is due out tomorrow and I can't wait.

I must admit though in the midst of my joy I am anxious and a bit afraid of this new challenge. I'm hoping to channel those nervous emotions into motivation to push myself to do and be the absolute BEST candidate for the role.

Not everyone was on my "side" as the best pick of the three candidates. My young age was the number one key factor I was not favored. I was reportedly "too young" for such a prestigious and important position.

Now I have made it my personal goal to SHINE and prove my detractors wrong and my supporters right. My boss really put his neck on the line and went the distance for me and I am so thankful for his support and having the chance to learn from his immense talent.

I'm officially on a kick it hiatus - my career just jumped light years ahead of my social status. How nice is it to not only work in a job you love but to be able to make a CAREER out of it?! A job and a career are miles apart and now I'm thankful I know the difference first hand.

Like I said, Yeah me...And then..."Miles to go before I sleep" (Robert Frost).

Spoiled Nymph, newly promoted Vice President! :o%2

Is Hip Hop Returning to It's Revolutionary Roots?

Rapper Jay-Z decides to boycott Cristal 06/15/2006 5:15 PM, AP Rappers have long proclaimed their love for Cristal, frequently mentioning the high-end champagne in songs and popping the corks of the clear, gold-labeled bottles in music videos and at nightclubs.
But the makers of Cristal don't seem to feel the same way about hip-hop — at least that's one rapper-turned-record executive Jay-Z sees it.

Now president and chief executive officer of Def Jam Records, the multiplatinum rapper has decided to boycott his once-beloved bubbly over comments from Frederic Rouzaud, managing director of Louis Roederer, the company that produces it.
In The Economist magazine, Rouzaud said the company viewed the affection for his company's champagne from rappers and their fans with "curiosity and serenity."
Asked by the magazine if the association between Cristal and the "bling lifestyle" could be detrimental, Rouzaud replied:
"That's a good question, but what can we do? We can't forbid people from buying it. I'm sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business."

The comments left a bad taste in Jay-Z's mouth. The rapper said he would pull Cristal from his small chain of popular sports lounges — where bottles of Cristal sell for $450 and $600 — as well as from his personal flutes.

"It has come to my attention that the managing director of Cristal, Frederic Rouzaud views the `hip-hop' culture as 'unwelcome attention,'" Jay-Z said. "I view his comments as racist and will no longer support any of his products through any of my various brands including the 40/40 Club nor in my personal life."

Jay-Z plans to replace Cristal — which a club spokesman said it could never stock enough of — with Krug and Dom Perignon at the Manhattan and Atlantic City locations of his 40/40 Club. (There are plans for clubs in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong, according to the club's Web site.)

Rouzaud did not return a message seeking comment. But it was the writer of the article, and not Rouzaud, who used the phrase "unwelcome attention." After Rouzaud's comments about Dom Perignon and Krug, scribe Gideon Rachman wrote: "Both Dom Perignon and Krug have had their share of unwelcome attention, too."

Still, Jay-Z spokesman Ron Berkowitz said his client remains offended.
"They're trying to distance themselves from the hip-hop community," Berkowitz said. "The hip-hop world certainly helped elevate the presence of Cristal. At the end of the day isn't the goal for any company to sell bottles?"

Cristal, which Roederer considers its "jewel," began appearing on the lips of many hip-hop devotees following an onslaught of mentions in rap songs starting in the 1990s.
Jay-Z's adoration goes back to at least 1996, when he rhymed on the song "Can't Knock the Hustle": "My motto, stack rocks like Colorado/Auto off the champagne, Cristal's by the bottle."
Others with a fondness for Cristal include Sean "Diddy" Combs, Kanye West and Trina.
According to Agenda Inc., a brand strategy agency that tracks mentions in Billboard's top 20 songs, Cristal ranked No. 8 in 2005, behind brands such as Mercedes, Nike, Bentley and Rolls Royce.

Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 and is still family-owned, according to its Web site. Cristal was created in 1876 exclusively for Tsar Alexander II. Roederer stopped making the champagne after 1917 but started again in the 1940s.

Boycotts aren't new to hip-hop. In 2003, Pepsi agreed to give $3 million to charity after Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons threatened a boycott because the soda company canceled an endorsement deal with rapper Ludacris in the wake of complaints from commentator Bill O'Reilly.

No matter what you think about Cristal's comments....KUDOS to Mr. Carter for standing for something, instead of falling for anything, and that's real!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Adult ADD

I swear my personality type - I get bored easily. I HAVE to constantly be doing something new and different to hold my attention.

At work, you should see my desk, at any given time I have upwards of 10 projects in process sitting on my desk not to mention having my lap top on with 7 or more windows open, my desk phone's 3 lines ringing and my cell phone (on vibrate) that I will answer during the day. Then my homegirl calls to tell me to get on instant messenger - like I need anymore distractions.

They say that busy people get things done, and that's true, so I wonder if busy people also have Adult ADD cause I swear my mental capacity to juggle several things at one time has to be attributed to something other than my multi-tasking skills.

In my love life this means I get bored with relationships quickly so I have to continuously do something to keep things new and interesting, otherwise I'm outta here sucker.

Usually traveling satisfies my thirst for change. And I just got my PASSPORT too? Holla! I can't wait to get that bad boy stamped!

I have plans to visit Dallas, TX for Boule and Toronto, CA for Caribana already.

I think my first out the country trip will be to Belize where I just found out, had Black People. Who knew? lol Guyana, 1/2 the ethnicity of pop star Rihanna, is also an island with a decent Black presence.

I need to get out more ... :o)